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The 1st Fort Frances Spark and Brownie unit had their first meeting recently. The troupe met at a local park to paint and hide rocks. Due to COVID, all meetings will happening outside while weather permits. Registration is ongoing for the historic club. Registration is open to all girls from age 5 and up by registering at www.girlguides.ca.

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Rainycrest Auxiliary members Sheila McMillen, left, June Caul and Diane Maxey presented a cheque for $31,853.11 to Riverside Foundation for Health Care director Allison Cox and board chair Delaine McLeod outside Rainycrest Tuesday afternoon. The funds from the Rainycrest Auxiliary went to cover purchases of a hot food table as well as room chairs, mattresses, nightstands and dressers for residents and other parts of the facility.

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Fort Frances Power Corporation (FFPC) was on the scene behind the Fort Frances Times building yesterday to reset a blown fuse cutout that was affecting power in the area. Members of the public in the area of Mowat Ave. and Second Street might have seen or heard the small explosion from the fuse blowing just before 8 a.m.. Times and FFPC staff eventually discovered the source of the power disruption was a bird that had pecked at the fuse, likely from an adjacent wire, completing a circuit that had calamitous effect. FFPC was quickly on scene and power was restored within the hour.

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Rt. Hon. John Turner (front-left) with LOWWSF Directors Polly Craik (front right), Tony Stephens (back right) and Executive Director Todd Sellers (back -left) on Lake of the Woods near Kenora. Turner was a staunch supporter of the Boundary Waters watershed.

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And they’re off! The first riders hit the road, above, in the first annual Redrum Motorcycle Club charity poker run. Bikers and volunteers gathered on Saturday at the Rainy River First nations Clubhouse, to raise funds for charity and enjoy a beautiful fall ride. The weather co-operated, and participants were all smiles. Below, Will Taylor, Mya Taylor and Aiyana Cochrane help out at the canteen. The event also had a barbecue, 50/50 draw and was honoured by opening remarks and prayers by Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. The Redrum Motorcycle Club is a First Nations club of motorcycle enthusiasts, which is committed to serving its communities and lifting up those in need.

In the middle of a global pandemic, you have to take the good news with the bad, and local libraries are no exception.

So it is that even as the Fort Frances Public Library Technology officially reopened to the public in a limited capacity last week, word has come from above that it will have to cancel the annual Trunk or Treat celebrations due to COVID-19.

“Trunk or treat is off,” Library CEO Joan MacLean confirmed on Tuesday.

Even in the face of adversities, the Drive-In movie nights soldier on.

In an email to the Times, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce executive director Heather Johnson explained that due to recent changes in provincial guidelines regarding COVID-19 gathering restrictions, and recommendations from the Northwestern Health Unit, the show and shine scheduled for tonight with the Fort Frances Fire Department has been cancelled, but that the film, Disney's Planes, will still be shown.